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A seat at the table but where’s the table?

March 15, 2018 by Janet Sillett

Why is local government being virtually excluded from the brexit negotiations, wonders Janet Sillett, when it is the perfect opportunity press ahead with meaningful decentralisation of power.


75% or 100% or does it matter? The business rate retention conundrum

March 14, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

Around two thirds of England is not covered by a 100% Business Rate Retention pilot, writes Jennifer Glover meaning that councils in these areas still do not know the terms of their future funding. Although MHCLG has committed to rolling out 75% Business Rate Retention nationwide by 2020-21, this begs…


Equality in councils hampered by funding crisis

March 8, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

With women’s representation in the council chamber flatlining at 30 per cent over the last 20 years, International Women’s Day is an apt time to ask why, writes Jennifer Glover.



LGiU Fortnightly 2nd March: Service design, recycling, LEPs & more

March 2, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring…


The long and the short of it

February 28, 2018 by Jane Sankarayya

If you missed them why not catch up on our long reads: more indepth than a blog post but still a one-sitting read, we look at subjects from flooding to local taxation and a whole lot more in between.



LGiU Fortnightly 16th February: Finance Special

February 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring…


State of Local Government Finance Survey 2018

February 8, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

The annual State of Local Government Finance Survey gives a snapshot of the pressures facing councils. Every year we ask the most senior figures in each council to tell us their plans for the coming year in the run-up to setting their annual budget.


Viewpoint: The voice of the councillor

February 5, 2018 by Jane Sankarayya

Kirklees Council are hosting “The Voice of the Councillor”; Diane Sims explains. Kirklees are hosting this free event as an opportunity to discover, debate and learn about what councillors are doing nationwide to develop their roles and be catalysts for change in their communities. You’re welcome to come along to hear…


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